Pass vending machines temporarily out of service for two days

Software upgrades on Wednesday and Thursday (June 17-18) will shut down 12 pass vending machines. Here's a straight up cut-and-paste from a CTA press release:

CTA's transit card vending machines and express farecard vending machines - that allow customers to use credit cards to purchase and add value to CTA farecards - will not be affected and will still be available for customer use.

Pass machines affected by the outage sell three and seven-day CTA passes as well as the joint CTA/Pace seven-day passes. These passes will continue to be available for purchase from CTA's Web site and authorized retail locations. Visit or call 1-888-YOUR-CTA for a list of retail outlets.

The machines that will be out of service are located at:

  • Blue Line O'Hare Station
  • Blue Line Rosemont Station
  • Blue Line Cumberland Station
  • Orange Line Midway Station
  • Red Line Chicago Station
  • Red Line Howard Station
  • Union Station
  • Water Tower Visitor Center
  • Chicago Cultural Center
  • J. Ira & Nicki Harris Family Hostel

 Following the software upgrades required for a new vendor, these machines will only accept bank cards that have a Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express logo.

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